LittWorld 2018 Speaker Bios

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Miriam Adeney

Miriam Adeney, Ph.D., is the author of over 200 articles and six books, including Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity and Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women.  With an M.A. in Magazine Journalism and a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Miriam is a professor at Seattle Pacific University.  She has been President of the American Society of Missiology,  a member of the diaspora task force of the Lausanne Movement, a Mission Associate of the World Evangelical Alliance, and a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Christians for Biblical Equality.   She has served on the Boards of Christianity Today and Media Associates International, and has taught and mentored writers on five continents and in several languages. For several years she was publications director for the Philippine InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Miriam also lectures widely at universities and conferences.

Dr. Adeney is an anthropologist, missiologist, and author whose passions include global Christianity, world religions, gender, oral art genres, economic community development, Bible applications, multiethnic ministry, diasporas, training writers for publication,  and preparing workers for cross-cultural living.

Ramez Atallah

Ramez is General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt. He twice served as Vice-Chairman of the Lausanne Movement and was program chair for the Cape Town 2010 Congress.

Ramez was born in Egypt and immigrated with his family to Canada where he came to know the Lord personally and was discipled through the ministry of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal. After he graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work from McGill and a Masters Degree in Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Ramez and Rebecca moved back to Montreal to lead the French Student Ministry of IVCF (GBU).

In 1980 they moved to Egypt where Ramez served as the Regional Secretary of the IFES.  In 1990 Ramez was appointed as the General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt, the post which he holds until now.


Maurício Zágari

Maurício Zágari is a Brazilian editor, writer, theologian, translator and journalist. He is the author of nine published books and has edited about 90 books by original authors. He wrote the studies and commentaries of a study Bible, and has translated 20 books from English to Portuguese. Maurício took part in the revision committee of the Nova Versão Transformadora (New Transforming Version), a Portuguese translation of the Bible by Mundo Cristão. He writes regularly on Christian life on his blog, Apenas (Just), which has more than 4.2 million views. Maurício is a member of Igreja Cristã Nova Vida (New Life Christian Church) in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. He is married to Alessandra, and they have one daughter.

Dan Balow

Dan started in Christian publishing in 1983 and over the last 30+ years has been involved in the business side of the industry in marketing, sales, foreign and domestic rights management, audio books, digital publishing, and acquisitions.

A significant amount of his experience was with Tyndale House Publishers from the early 90’s to the mid-2000’s. While there, Dan developed a wide-ranging perspective on the industry, taken from involvement with hundreds of authors, thousands of books and a love for the business.

He joined The Steve Laube Agency in July 2013 and works with authors of non-fiction exclusively. In 2016, he and a business partner started Gilead Publishing, a publisher of Christian-themed fiction. Dan serves as president and publisher of the company.

Dan served on the executive board of the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association, the trade association for Christian publishers in the U.S. In addition, he is a founding member of the advisory board of the Christy Awards and is involved in training and mentoring Christian publishers around the world through MAI.

Joyce Mae E. Tongson

Joyce is finance and accounting director of OMF Literature, Inc., one of the largest Christian publishers in the Philippines.


  • Provides analysis on financial results and performance against targets for top management reporting
  • Provides financial perspective on operational and strategic initiatives during planning
  • Provides input on pricing, costing and purchasing decisions and other financial concerns across departments
  • Ensures maximization of the organization’s financial resources through budget monitoring and utilization
  • Project management of the organization’s ERP.

Tim Beals

Tim has been president of Credo Communications, a literary agency, and publisher of Credo House Publishers, an independent book publisher, since 2005. He has also been an adjunct professor of publishing, editing and professional writing at Cornerstone University since 1989. Tim began his publishing career as an editor at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. After 25 years of working for other publishers, large and small, Tim started his own companies. As president and publisher today, Tim works closely with authors and publishers, bringing words to life.


Nate Butler

Nate Butler worked for more than 20 years as a cartoonist, commercial artist, and writer/illustrator of comics. His former company, The Nate Butler Studio, Inc. produced artwork for clients such as Jim Henson Productions, Children's Television Workshop, DC Comics, and King Features Syndicate, as well as script writing and artwork for Archie and Marvel Comics.

Nate has worked on over a dozen internationally known characters such as The Muppets, Jughead, Popeye, Heathcliff, Bugs Bunny, Tiny Toons, Mighty Mouse, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Snuffy Smith, Animated Batman, The Jetsons, Berenstain Bears, Tom & Jerry, and more.

Nate is now President of COMIX35, a Christian nonprofit offering consultations, coaching, and classes on the production and effective use of comics-style literature on every continent for the past 20 years.

Aaron Lee & Namiko Chan Takahashi

Laniakea Culture Collective is the ministry founded in 2014 by husband-and-wife team Aaron Lee and Namiko Chan Takahashi, whose lives have been profoundly shaped by many years of practicing art and Aloha. They are based in Singapore and Hawaii. Namiko is a multi-disciplinary artist with a practice in contemporary portraiture. She has exhibited widely and her works are in private and public collections around the world, including the National Gallery of Singapore. She is also the director of a Hawaiian Hula Dance school. Aaron is a bi-vocational pastor, writer and editor and community organizer. He works for a technology startup in the artificial intelligence space. Aaron and Namiko love to help people discover and pursue their calling to the creative life.

Cindy Coloma

Cindy is a bestselling author and has written over twenty books of fiction and nonfiction including: Beautiful (2010 Christy Award Finalist for YA and 2011 Revolve YA Tour Book of the Year), The Salt Garden (2004 Library Journal’s Best Genre Books), Song of the Brokenhearted (co-author Sheila Walsh, 2013 ECPA bestseller), Orchid House (2008 ECPA bestseller); and Winter Passing (2001 Christy Award Finalist and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Finalist).

As a co-author, Cindy has worked on projects with celebrities, musicians, non-profit organizations, and a former KGB spy. One recent project hit #1 on

Cindy is a mother to five children ages three to twenty-six. She lives near Seattle, Washington.

Jeff Crosby

Jeff Crosby is an organizational leader who loves connecting authors and their ideas to thoughtful, engaged readers throughout the world. He is Publisher at InterVarsity Press, a Chicago-area company where he has worked since January of 1998, and a Vice President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Previously, he was executive director of the Association of Logos Bookstores and served as a vice president of sales with Ingram Book Company in Nashville, Tennessee.  His writing has appeared in Books & Culture, Conversations Journal, Marriage Partnership, Englewood Review of Books and book industry trade journals including Publishers Weekly. He is the editor and compiler of Days of Grace through the Year, a collection of meditations drawn from the work of Lewis B. Smedes, published in 2007.

Hoe Fang Fong

Hoe Fang Fong has been actively engaged in the design, advertising, publishing and off-set printing industries for more than 3 decades, including print-on-demand (POD) and large format printing technologies and processes since the early 1990s.

He has worked with large and small presses, and has hands-on experience with POD machines from Xerox, Hewlett Packard, Konica and Risograph as well as binding and finishing equipment for both offset and POD books.

He currently runs a small independent publishing imprint, Ethos Books, which focuses on producing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction books for trade.

Married with a son and a daughter, he continues his quest to tell compelling social stories that would grab the hearts and minds of readers and galvanize them into positive action for the community.

Daniela Encheva

Daniela Encheva is managing editor of Leah, a magazine for Bulgarian women who believe in God. Besides serving in the small publishing department of Mission Possible, Bulgaria, Daniela speaks at women’s events and conferences. Most of her knowledge about writing, organizing materials and leading people she has gained from experts and professionals via MAI. God has enabled Daniela to manage the only Christian women’s magazine in the country for the last 20 years, for His glory. She dreams of a movement of women who are not afraid of Bulgaria’s post-communist reality, but are rising as a godly army to conquer the nation for Him.

Simon Hunter

Simon David Hunter is a writer, director and producer of films, TV and novels.  He is executive chairman of the International Screen Academy (ISA) and film producer of the Myth Film Company.  He has written for NBC USA, Columbia Tristar TV USA, Nine Network Australia, Fred Silverman Productions USA, and numerous other production companies in the USA and Australia.  He is the writer and director of the feature film, "The Custodian."  Simon's novel, "EDEN" is now available from Amazon.  He has numerous projects currently in development and under contract.

Hannah Lau

As a Canadian-born Chinese, Hannah began her time in Asia serving as a tent-making missionary in China. She built a colorful career in advertising before leaving the corporate world in 2013. Since then she’s been applying her skills to help non-profit organizations, Christian ministries, and small businesses set up their organizational structure and marketing/communications activities. In 2016, she published her first book, Wherever You Go: A Conversation About Life, Faith, and Courage. It’s formatted as an email conversation based on her own life experiences and is aimed at challenging the next generation to a deeper, more fulfilled life in Christ. Stemming from topics featured in the book, she has built a public speaking platform that further allows the message to extend to a wider audience. Hannah is currently based in Hong Kong.

Martin Manser

Martin Manser is a professional reference book editor. He has compiled or edited more than 200 reference books, particularly Bible-reference titles, English-language dictionaries and business-skills books. He is also a Language Trainer and Consultant with national companies and organizations.

Lekan Otufodunrin

Lekan Otufodunrin is a very passionate journalist and media career development specialist in Nigeria. He is currently Managing Editor of Online and Special Publications with The Nation, Nigeria’s leading national daily newspapers. Lekan is also founder of Journalists for Christ and has trained and mentored multiple journalists and writers in Africa.

He is a Trustee of MAI-Africa, Secretary of the Africa Region of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) and Fellow of the Bloomberg African Leadership Initiative Media Fellowship.

Sam Richardson

Sam Richardson is the Chief Executive of SPCK, which is Britain’s oldest Christian publisher founded in 1698. Under Sam's leadership SPCK has won Christian Publisher of the Year and Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year in the UK, and Sam himself was voted Young Publisher of the Year. He is a big believer that Christian publishers are strongest working together, and he led the merger which resulted in IVP-UK becoming a subsidiary of SPCK. Sam studied Politics at Cambridge University and started his publishing career as a graduate trainee at HarperCollins before being promoted to run their religious publishing. Then he moved on to Hodder & Stoughton where he oversaw a broad non-fiction list, and subsequently moved to SPCK.

Ardy Roberto

Ardy is a best-selling author, an award-winning entrepreneur and sought-after speaker. He has authored eight books including the #1 national best-selling book, Ang Pera na Hindi Bitin. His other books include The Heart of Healing, which won a Gintong Aklat Award for Best Inspirational Book. His latest book, Real Men are POGI – How to be Handsome in God’s Eyes, also became a top 5 best-seller in National Bookstore.

Ardy graduated from and attended Ateneo de Manila, Sophia University (Tokyo), Asian Institute of Management, Stanford University (California) and at the Mt. Carmel School of Ministry in (Haifa, Israel). Ardy co-founded two top training and learning events companies, Salt & Light Ventures, Inc. and Inspire Leadership Consultancy, Inc., and was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs as well as the Microsoft Most Inspiring Entrepreneur awardee in 2006.

Ardy is one of Go Negosyo‘s teaching Angelpreneurs, travelling the country teaching and coaching Filipinos how to have the Success Mindsets of Entrepreneurs. He is also a writer at heart and as the founder of Project Author workshops, teaches aspiring authors how to write and get their books published.

Ardy is also an alumnus and international facilitator at the Haggai Leadership Institute in Maui, Hawaii.

Bishop Robert Solomon

Bishop Emeritus Robert Solomon served as Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000-2012. He had served previously as a medical doctor, church pastor, principal of Trinity Theological College and president of the National Council of Churches of Singapore. Dr Solomon has degrees in medicine, theology, intercultural studies, and a PhD in pastoral theology from the University of Edinburgh. He has contributed many articles to books, theological dictionaries and journals, and authored more than 30 books, including The Race, The Conscience, The Enduring Word, The Virtuous Life, The Sermon of Jesus, Apprenticed to Jesus, The Trinity and the Christian Life, and The Reformation. He now has an active itinerant ministry of preaching and teaching in Singapore and abroad.

Jeanette Windle

As daughter of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty on five continents. Those experiences have birthed 16 international intrigue titles, including bestselling Veiled Freedom (2010 ECPA Christian Book Award/Christy Award finalist), Freedom's Stand, (2012 ECPA Christian Book Award/Carol Award finalist), and Congo Dawn (2013 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year) and such non-fiction titles as 2016 ECPA Christian Book Award/Christian Retailing Best Awards finalist Forgiven: The Amish Schoolhouse Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace and All Saints. Jeanette mentors developing-nation writers in both English and Spanish on all five continents. To learn more, visit

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